Piotr Swiatek is a German physicist of Polish origin. He received his PhD in solid state physics from the University of Cologne. From 1986-2001 he worked as a physicist in the Research Centre Juelich, Germany. He was Project Manager of “Fit for Europe” run by the European Liaison Office of German Research Organisations (KoWi) until 2003. “Fit for Europe” was a project supporting scientist from Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC), financed by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft and coordinated by KoWi. From 2004-2008 Piotr Swiatek worked in Brussels as Senior Science Officer at COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), one of the longest-running instruments supporting cooperation among scientists and researchers across Europe.
From 2008 to 2019 he was at the Research Centre Juelich (FZJ) / DE, working for Programme Management Jülich (PtJ) department which is primarily responsible for funding energy research on national level. With 5.914 staff and €609 million annual budget (2018), FZJ is one of the largest research centers in Europe. As one of the biggest project management organizations in Germany, PtJ (1.157 staff, €1,75 bill. turnover) with its National Contact Point (NCP) is a competent partner for science, industry and politics. With expertise in research and innovation management, Programme Management Jülich supports its clients in the German federal government and state governments as well as the European Commission in implementing their research policy goals. Project Management Jülich is thus an important point of contact for those interested in Germany as a competitive location for research and innovation in a common European Research Area. PTJ-NCP is a part of pan-European network of H2020 NCPs known as C-Energy2020 Network.
Piotr Swiatek was a German delegate to SET-Plan Steering Group and States Representatives Group to FCH2 JU.
Piotr Swiatek has experience as EU-project coordinator and expert evaluator. He held lectures on project management at the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) of the Technical University Cologne.
His main focus now is the analysis and improvement of functioning of NCP networks in Associated Countries and countries of Eastern partnership.